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The Dispatch, August 29th, 2023

August 29th, 2023

Town Buildings Closed for Labor Day Holiday, Monday September 4th

Department of Public Works:

Fire Hydrant Flushing:  The Peterborough Water Department will begin its biannual hydrant-flushing program on September 5th, to run through October 27th. Flushing will occur between 8:00am and 3:00pm. These dates and times are approximate and are subject to change due to scheduling and/or weather conditions.

Customers may experience discolored water, low water pressure, or a disruption in water service during this time. Residents are urged to reduce water use and consumption during flushing periods.  Please wait until the evening hours (after 4:00pm) to do laundry, and refrain from using bleach, as bleach enhances iron levels in the water and can cause discoloration in clothing. If you find that your water appears cloudy or discolored, open all cold-water faucets, and wait until the water runs clear before using it.  We appreciate your cooperation and patience. For More Info, click here

West Peterborough Sidewalk and Drainage Improvement Project: Construction project on Union St. may cause some minor travel delays. Part of this project includes the replacement of two large culverts at the intersections of Robbe Farm Rd & Union St. and Union St & Old Dublin Rd. The contractor may need to temporarily suspend both lanes of traffic during work hours but full closure of both roads will not occur simultaneously. Driver’s may need to seek an alternate route in order to access Rt. 101.

The Fire & Ambulance Building Committee: Peterborough residents are invited to participate in the upcoming Fire Station Design Input Sessions. Two sessions with a focus on site design will be held on Thursday, September 14, 2023 in the 1833 Room of the Peterborough Library. To accommodate the varying schedules of residents, the first session will start at 3:00 PM, and the second will start at 6:00 PM. Information presented to the public for consideration will be the same at both sessions.

The sessions will be held by SMP Architects, which has been retained by the Town of Peterborough to lead the design of a new fire and ambulance station to be located on Elm Street, adjacent to the Peterborough Community Center. SMP will present information about the site and the project and then actively gather feedback and ideas from the community for incorporation into the design.

No sign-up is required – All are encouraged to attend and share their thoughts and ideas on this important community need with those who are directly involved.  Questions about these sessions can be directed to DPW Director Seth MacLean at 603-924-800, ext 102 or

PREP (Peterborough Renewable Energy Project): Is your boiler or furnace on the verge of collapse? Then consider replacing it with a highly efficient cold-weather heat pump that will not only heat your home in the winter but cool it in the summer. The Town has partnered with BlocPower, a company with experience managing heat pump installations all over the country. They work with vetted local contractors, check their work, and provide financing if you want it. Explore your options by visiting:

You will be contacted to set up a meeting to learn your goals and to begin the process of determining the scope and cost of work on your house or other building. Until a contract is signed, you are free to opt out at any point and at no cost.  Thanks for helping Peterborough progress toward its goals for efficient and comprehensive use of renewable energy.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) Committee is seeking at least 2 full members to fill out this year’s 2023 CIP Committee. This season’s meeting schedule is tentatively set for the following, with all meetings at 1 PM in the Select Board meeting room:

Thursday, September 28
Thursday, October 12
Thursday, October 19
Thursday, October 26
Thursday, November 2
Thursday, November 9
Thursday, November 16 (if needed)
Thursday, November 30 (if needed)

This Committee is tasked with annually reviewing proposed and planned expenditures of $10,000 or greater over a period of up to 10 years. In turn, the Committee makes recommendations on when expenditures happen, or happen at all, to the Budget Committee. More information on this role of this Committee can be found on the Town website. For further questions or if you’re interested in trying out the CIP Committee, please fill out a Volunteer Application and email Danica Melone at

The Planning Board has officially kicked off this year’s Zoning season – a time leading up to 2023 Town Meeting where the Planning Board can propose changes to the Town’s Zoning, Site Plan Review, and Subdivision regulations. All are welcome to propose changes and are encouraged to follow the 2023-2024 Zoning season process. Follow along with this year’s work on the Town website here.


Fall Storytimes begin the week of September 19th. Preschool Storytime meets at 10:30am on Tuesdays and Baby Storytime meets at 10:30am on Wednesdays.

Join the “Families Read Together Book Club”!  The group is for 1st-4th graders and their parents and always includes an activity and delicious snack.

The Literary Book Club is celebrating deaf culture this month! Join us in reading True Biz by Sarah Novic. Two discussion dates will be offered, one on Tuesday September 26th at 6:30pm with Corinne and another on Friday September 29th at 11am with Mary.


Flag Football Fall Season: This program will be for 1st-6th grade. No touch, no tackle, strictly flag football using NFL Flag rules (

When: Games will be on Sundays sometime between 12 and 4pm. Coaches will schedule one, possibly two weeknight practices during a time that fits their schedule 
Dates: First game day is Sunday, September 10th, practices may start the week before. Season will wrap up on October 15th.
Where: Russell Field, 64 Union Street, Peterborough
Grades: 1st-6th 
Cost: $75/resident, $80/non-resident (T-shirt & football included in registration fee)
Additional Information:
We need coaches. No experience necessary. If you would like to coach your child's team, please notify the Program Coordinator ASAP! Call our office or email, please! 603-924-8080 or You must be able to pass local, state, and federal background checks to volunteer. Coaches who complete the season and return their keys at the end of the season will be reimbursed for the entire cost of one child's registration. 

Ready to get dancing?: Line dancing will inspire movement, fun, and creativity.  Participants will learn basic steps, rhythms and routines choreographed to music.  Music styles might include pop, rock, blues, country, swing, Latin and Irish.  Deb Page is a member of the Monadnock Line Dance Team.  She has been performing locally and throughout New Hampshire for over 10 years.
Where: Peterborough Community Center  
When: Five Fridays This Fall: October 6-November 3
Time: 6-7pm
Cost: $37 residents $42 non-residents (one price for 5 weeks, no drop-ins)
Ages: 16+
Bring a water bottle, wear comfortable clothing, and wear sneakers

Get your tennis lessons with us! This fall we are offering a session of tennis lessons for youth and a session of lessons for adults through a program called Tennis in the Parks. This program is in partnership with USTA New England.

Youth Program: Tennis in the Parks - the tennis program where kids play while they learn! Led by an approved USTA Net Generation tennis coach, the program will focus on developing the skills to serve, rally, and play - so it’s perfect for beginners and first-time players. Once the skills are there, participants will play fun matches with other players in the program. This program uses modified tennis balls, age-appropriate rackets, court sizes, and the latest fun and engaging activities that help players successfully learn and play the game quicker! All players in their first session receive and keep a new age-appropriate racket.

Adult Program:  Led by a USTA-approved coach, participants will have fun and get great exercise while developing the skills to serve, rally, and play tennis. The program is perfect for first-time and beginner players, as well as returning novice players. All players in their first session receive and keep a new tennis racket!

Where: Peterborough Recreation Department, 71 Union Street
Adults: Wednesdays & Saturdays in September, 9/9-9/27 (rain date 10/7)
Kids: Tuesday & Thursday evenings in September, 9/12-9/26 (rain date is 9/28)
Grades 3-5 Orange Ball: 4:30-5:45pm
Grades 6-8 Green Ball: 6:00-7:15pm
Adult: Wednesdays 5:45pm-7:15 & Saturdays 9-10:30am 
Ages: Grades 3-8 and Adult (18+)
Cost: Youth $80/resident, $85/non-resident
Adult $90/resident, $95/non-resident

Join us for our first ever Puzzle Palooza!:  We are pleased to announce a new program where you and 1-3 team mates* race to complete a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle as fast as you can! Join us for laughs, meeting new friends, cookies and beverages, plus a whole lot of fun! There will be a prize for the winning team as well as additional games and door prizes as well! *If you need a team, please register still and we will find you a team! 

Where: Peterborough Community Center, 25 Elm Street
When: Thursday, October 12th
Time: 6-8pm
Ages: 12+

Cost: $10/resident, $12/non-resident*
*Each team member should register separately, and if you do not have a team but want to participate, please still register and we will find you a team! 

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